Date: 3/4/17 7:31 pm
From: Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird in Northampton/ GONE !
I wanted to send this to MASSBIRD instead of Barbara. Sorry about that..


Glenn


Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA

> On March 4, 2017 at 8:52 PM Glenn d'Entremont <gdentremont1...> wrote:
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> Rhetorical, of course, but where did this bird spend Nov through Feb? Some cold temps, lots of snow at times, not along the coast, so the bird could survive some serious obstacles. It knew suet had survival benefit. Can we really say the bird is no longer? So hard to prove a negative.
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> Glenn
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> Glenn d'Entremont: <gdentremont1...> Stoughton, MA
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> > On March 4, 2017 at 7:18 PM Barbara Volkle <barb620...> wrote:
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> > Thanks to Tom Gagnon (with permission) for the following report.
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> > Barbara Volkle
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> > Northborough, MA
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> > <barb620...>
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> > Hi Folks:
> > Just got back from vacation earlier this week. Lots of messages
> > on my telephone and only 1,001 emails mostly from Massbird. POOR
> > BARBARA !!!!!!!!!!!!! One of the messages on the phone was about a
> > hummingbird coming to a feeder in the Northampton area. The person
> > reported the hummingbird is not a hard core birder like most of us and
> > did not realize that a hummingbird this early COULD be something really
> > RARE. The bird was first seen on FEBRUARY 17th rubbing it's bill on
> > the SUET !!! The next day the other occupant of the house-hold saw it
> > and put out a hummingbird feeder and it was seen going to the feeder.
> > Both persons in the house work so it was not seen again until last
> > weekend I believe, February 25 and 26th. It has NOT been seen
> > since. I tried on Thursday, March 2 with no luck. As I was typing
> > this email the person who first reported it called me. One of the
> > people in the house had good looks at the bird and when shown the
> > picture in the bird book confirmed that the bird was RUSTY colored !!!!
> > So, I believe we can at least call it a "Selasphorus' for the records.
> > Certainly does make one wonder how many of these rarities get
> > past us. After the bittern cold and wind we have had today, I doubt
> > that this bird is still alive. The other interesting thing about this
> > report is that bird was seen going to the suet. I have never head of
> > such behavior in hummingbirds.
> > Tom Gagnon, Florence, Massachusetts
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> > >

 
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